Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) was an American philosopher, essayist, and poet. It was his 1836 essay Nature that began to set Emerson apart from the religious and social trends of his day, and established his philosophy of Transcendentalism. When he summarized Nature in a speech soon after, Oliver Wendell Holmes would call it America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence." In addition to his revolutionary philosophy, Emerson was also a fervent abolitionist, yet his speeches were often jeered by crowds. Though he isn't exactly a hot topic these days, Emerson - whose spirit resides in our particular brand of "American individualism" - remains a strong undercurrent.
Emerson wrote many essays under the titles First and Second Series - they are beautifully written, poetic, and the product of a great mind. The First Series consists of:
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